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Sylvia Ida Marie Melanie Kirkland
November 26, 1939 ~ November 25, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
Sylvia was born on November 26, 1939, in Ponteix, Saskatchewan, along with her four siblings. The family eventually moved to Edmonton, where she finished high school and attended business college. She was a hospital volunteer when she met her husband, Gordon Kirkland (predeceased), whose work in oil and gas began their years of international travel and the birth of their three children, Cheryl, Shane and Patrick. She encouraged them to try new things and do their best, be truthful and honest, and most of all to be kind to all around them. Love and kindness — always top of mind.
After living in Argentina, Venezuela, Nigeria, Libya, and Holland, they returned to Canada and settled in Calgary. At the age of 36, she assumed control of her husband’s construction company (after his passing at the age of 38), through which she met her second husband, William Noakes (predeceased). Together they continued to build houses, retired early and began many years of travel across Canada, the US and Mexico.
During those years, she made many new friends across the southern US, studied art and became a talented painter in watercolour, oil and acrylic. Sylvia loved to spend time with her friends be it over tea, golf, lunch or shopping, often browsing for hours in antique shops.
‘Grami’ adored her six grandchildren and loved any and all times when they would gather for events, big and small. There was always something sweet on hand in her kitchen, and if you knew where to look in her car, there was often a stash of fudge! She enjoyed entertaining in style, always setting a splendid table and experimenting with new recipes on her family and friends. She loved gardening, rescuing forlorn plants, and even planting stray seeds just to see what they might become. She took courses in Spanish and Palliative Care, and regularly attended St. James Catholic Church where she will be remembered as a dedicated supporter and the lady in stylish hats! Sylvia donated to charities most often serving the poorest of the poor, and in recent years, to Operation Smile.
After her first stroke late in 2019, and another recently, she has returned to the care of our Heavenly Father, her parents Maurice and Laurette, and siblings, Patricia (Manfred) Kijek and Guy (Diane) Bedard. Sylvia is survived by her children Cheryl (David) Bernhardt, Shane (Danielle Paiva) Kirkland and Patrick (Deborah) Kirkland; her grandchildren Erika, Christopher, Eryn, Grace, Nicholas and Marina; and her siblings Odilia McClain, and Wilfred (Melody) Bedard; numerous nieces and nephews; and many cousins and beloved in-laws.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. James Catholic Church (5504 20 St SW) on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 11:00 am with a Reception to follow in the St. James Parish Hall.